January 26, 2005
Valdosta - For a head coach in the Southeastern Conference, there is no such thing as an offseason.
Georgia coach Mark Richt has been flying across the country this month trying to talk some of this nation's top high school football players to continue their education in Athens.
Mark Richt was in Valdosta Wednesday night speaking to a large number of high school football players, the AAAAA state champion Lowndes High Vikings where he was the featured speaker at the Vikings annual banquet.
Since the Bulldogs season ended with an Outback Bowl win over Wisconsin, Richt has been on the recruiting trail looking for replacements for guys like David Greene, David Pollack, Fred Gibson and Thomas Davis.
Richt's sales pitch has been working with the Bulldogs securing commitments from 18 players who are so talented that this year's Georgia recruiting class is already being ranked among the best of the nation.
While some schools are hoping to finish the strong in the final weekend of the recruiting season, Richt says the Bulldogs' work is just about done.
Mark Richt said "We are always trying to fill the holes of the guys that left but it is not going to be a large class because we didn't that many guys leave the program. But we are excited about the group and hopefully everyone will stay true to their word."
Those words can be put to paper in less than seven days. National signing day is Feburary 2nd.
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